ROME’S CONFLICTED TAKE ON THE HOMOSEXUAL ZEITGEIST
By FITSNEWS || This website hasn’t always adopted the friendliest of tones in addressing the Catholic Church. Don’t get us wrong, we’re fans of the liturgical … just not the hypocritical. Especially when it involves child sexual abuse.
The Catholic Church is guilty of perpetuating many of the problems it professes to abhor (refusing to let priests marry, for example) … and once those problems are manifested in the most unspeakable forms of sexual deviance, its first impulse seems to be covering things up rather than dispensing the judgment the situation requires.
That’s not good …
In fairness there are hypocrites in every established religion … just as in every established religion there’s an ongoing battle over how to best reconcile its foundational law with the vanguard of current thought. And of course those decisions are motivated in many cases by marketplace considerations.
Don’t believe us? We asked around … and when clergy of all faiths were allowed to speak off the record, they made it clear their job isn’t just about feeding people spiritually.
“Butts in pews, money in the plate,” one Lowcountry, S.C. pastor bluntly told us.
As libertarian leaners we have no problem with that … freedom of religion means religions are free to practice as they see fit, with individual congregations being held accountable to their members, their denominations and (ultimately) to the Gods they profess to worship.
That’s as it should be …
It is interesting, though, to watch the Catholic Church grapple with the issue of gay marriage – which is well on its way to being the law of the land in the United States of America.
This week, the church released a relatio post disceptationem – or “report after debate” – in which the issue of homosexuality was addressed.
Bear in mind a decade ago, Pope Benedict XVI – who was replaced by Pope Francis last year – referred to homosexuality as an “inherent moral evil.” Benedict went on to say the institution was an attack on the church and the family, and that homosexuals were denying God and devaluing human life.
Strong language …
This week? The church’s relatio claims homosexuals “have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community” and should be “welcomed and accompanied with patience and delicacy.”
“Without denying the moral problems connected to homosexual unions, it has to be noted that there are cases in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of the partners,” the report added.
Not surprisingly, the document – which doesn’t reflect established church policy but rather comments made during a recent gathering of cardinals – was rebuked by many church leaders.
A ranking American cardinal said the document endorsed certain positions (no pun intended) “which many synod Fathers do not accept and, I would say, as faithful shepherds of the flock cannot accept.” Another British cardinal noted the report was “composed under pressure and … not a doctrinal or decisive document.”
Wow. Church … conflicted.
Obviously we have no position on what the Catholic Church should do regarding gay marriage. That’s up to the church – and like we said, it will be held accountable by its members, leaders and (ultimately) its God.
As long as government has nothing to do with sanctioning or banning marriage … we don’t really care what the church does. Although we would advise it to recall the counsel of its founder and let its statement be “yes, yes” or “no, no.”